Meaning & History
From the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis (see ADELAIDE). This name became popular in France and England in the 12th century. It was among the most common names in England until the 16th century, when it began to decline. It was revived in the 19th century.This name was borne by the heroine of Lewis Carroll's novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871).
VariantsAlease, Alecia, Alesha, Alesia, Alicia, Alisha, Alissa, Alyce, Alycia, Alys, Alysa, Alyse, Alysha, Alysia, Alyssa, Alyssia, Aleesha, Alise, Alishia, Alisia, Alisya, Allissa, Allycia, Elicia(English) Alix(French) Alícia(Portuguese)
Other Languages & CulturesKalisha, Talisha(African American) Adalheidis, Adelais, Ada(Ancient Germanic) Alisa(Bosnian) Alícia(Catalan) Heidi(Danish) Adelheid, Aleid, Aleida, Alida(Dutch) Aliisa, Alisa, Aada, Ada, Alli, Heidi, Iisa(Finnish) Elke(Frisian) Adelheid, Ada, Alida, Heida, Heide, Heidi(German) Aliki, Kiki(Greek) Adelaida, Aliz, Ada, Alida, Alíz(Hungarian) Ailís(Irish) Alise(Latvian) Aalis(Medieval French) Heidi(Norwegian) Azalaïs(Occitan) Adelajda, Alicja, Ada(Polish) Alisa(Russian) Aileas(Scottish) Alica(Slovak) Adelaida, Alicia(Spanish) Alicia, Heidi(Swedish) Alisa(Ukrainian) Alis(Welsh)
Illustration from Alice in Wonderland, by Artur Rackham (1907)
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